Originally written on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 11/15/14
It’s no surprise that a pitcher from the AL East with a career 4.30 ERA and 1.41 WHIP doesn’t seem like a very good draft choice. But if you take a deeper look into the stats, you’ll find that Jason Hammel is a very intriguing sleeper option for next year. Last year, he was coming off a season where he went 7-13 with a 4.76 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, and a pathetic 4.97 K/9; nobody wanted to draft Hammel last year. However, he proved to be a great sleeper pick and smashed his career bests in K/9 (8.62), ERA (3.43), and WHIP (1.24). Despite putting up his best season yet, owners are still hesitant to draft Hammel; a knee surgery limited him to 118 IP last year and just three starts after the All-Star break. However, the injury isn’t a problem anymore, so the only thing you should be concerned about with Hammel is if he can repeat his breakout season. Hammel seemed like a completely different pitcher last year as he threw his pitches with more authority and also threw his two-seamer more than ev...
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